Beecher and Michigan State product Marquise Gray will play in Poland next season

Posted: October 6, 2010 by patrickhayes13 in Professional

Although the wording is a little unclear because this is excerpted from a Polish website through Google translate, it appears former Beecher star and Michigan State big man Marquise Gray has signed with AZS Koszalin SA in the Polish league.

Gray had a great debut season as a pro last year, averaging a double-double in Turkey. When I talked to him over the summer, he said that resulted in offers all over Europe:

“I have a few options. Spain, Germany, Poland, France … I have a lot of options. I’m going to sit down with my family, sit down with my agent and discuss what’s the best situation for me next year.”

I watched Gray work out all summer, and Michigan State fans wouldn’t even recognize his game. At MSU, he was used primarily as a big body down low, put into games to rebound and defend. In reality, he has a really good face-up game and range out to the three-point line. If he continues to play like he did in Turkey, he’ll quickly become one of the best big men in Europe.

— Patrick Hayes

  1. Marcellus Miller says:

    Just another example of the Izzo “dumbing down” of athletic talent in his system, especially for bigs. He has always had more to his game, especially since he started out as a guard before his growth spurt. Congrats to him

    • I remember seeing Gray, I think his junior year, forced to shoot a jumper from 15 feet with the shot clock running down. Everyone I was watching the game with kind of cringed, like “Gray can’t shoot.” Then it went in and his form actually looked great. State fans who never saw him in high school are totally blown away by his numbers. I’m not all that surprised — there were clues throughout his State career that he would be a decent offensive player after college.

  2. skunchy k says:

    I’m so proud of Marquise! I hope I can catch some of his games I haven’t seen him play since we were kids & he would come on my block to hoop!

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